Decisions, Decisions

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord!This shall never happen to you.” ButContinue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

Can You Drink His Cup?

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you mustContinue reading “Can You Drink His Cup?”

All Men Are Like Grass

A voice says, “Cry!”    And I said, “What shall I cry?”All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;    surely the people are grass.The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 English Standard Version (EmphasisContinue reading “All Men Are Like Grass”

How to Change the World

In my younger days, like most young men and women, I dreamt of doing BIG things to change the world. I wanted to lead mass revivals for the cause of Christ, tear down idols, storm castles, and break down the gates of hell itself. That righteous angst that is so much a part of youthContinue reading “How to Change the World”

The Way of Love

As I was reading through the comments on a Facebook post (yes, I still have Facebook, and yes, reading comments is a bad, unhealthy habit of mine) I felt this urge of anger and frustration well up inside me. I so wanted to but out some snarky comments, unleash the fury of my righteous anger,Continue reading “The Way of Love”

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

In Matthew 16, Jesus challenges His disciples with the question, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter’s answer is recorded in verse 16, ““You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In John 20:28, we find the confession of Thomas, another disciple. After seeing the resurrected Jesus with the scars from the crucifixion, Thomas believedContinue reading “Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”

Gold and Silver, Black and White

A few weeks back, lead pastor of Greencastle Christian Church, John Tischer, preached a sermon in which he mentioned the golden rule. You have probably heard it before, even if you were unaware of its origin. It comes from Jesus and is considered one of the basic tenets of Christian ethics. So whatever you wish thatContinue reading “Gold and Silver, Black and White”

Will You Go?

The tale of Jonah is one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible. Often it makes for an easy children’s story with all the drama of Jonah’s adventure at sea. We use it to moralize about obedience to God and the dangers of refusing God’s direction. However, Jonah teaches us some deeper, far moreContinue reading “Will You Go?”

The Divine Reading

In a previous post, I wrote about some beginning mediation practices, namely the Body Scan and Breath meditations. Both of these practices are useful for relaxation as well as increasing one’s ability to focus and concentrate. However, there is nothing inherently spiritual about them. A Christian, a Buddhist, and Atheist walk into a bar .Continue reading “The Divine Reading”

So Many Questions

This seems to be the season for questions. As the church I serve at is finishing a series on Habakkuk, I have had the privilege of speaking with a couple of individuals who are wrestling with some very hard questions about the Christian faith. If you are unfamiliar, Habakkuk is a Jewish prophet who recordedContinue reading “So Many Questions”